farmers classic rides the betty white bandwagon

“An Evening With Betty White” Coming To Farmers Classic Presented by Mercedes-Benz

A bit of a stretch, but we’ll go with it. (Hey — it’s all good press, right?) Betty White will be at UCLA’s Royce Hall on the Friday before the start of the Farmers Classic, also held on campus. She’ll give a talk about her career (including a Q&A portion!), moderated by her “Hot in Cleveland” co-star Wendie Malick.

She’s not cheap: Ticket info here to see Betty; you’ll have to fork over $50 for the nosebleeds.

More: Full release after the cut…

in los angeles, tennis for the masses

Psst! You get to see more of this!

The Farmers Classic — the ATP’s tour stop in Los Angeles — will have a different sched for 2011: the early rounds (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) will start at 2 p.m., allowing more fans to go about their days before heading to UCLA for the tennis. The tourney organizers have also combined the day/evening sessions for those three days, which means you only pay once. Loves.

TSF’s very curious to see how this’ll pan out.

More info: The Farmers Classic site. FYI, Delpo‘s already committed to playing the event.

(photo by TSF)

to hat or not….

I’m fine with it, BUT NOT ALL THE TIME, okay? (When in Southern California, do as the Angelenos do…)

Top seed (and wild card) Andy Murray is hobbling his way through the draw at this week’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. He needed to go to a tiebreak before brushing off Federer-killer Alejandro Falla 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in the quarterfinals. He plays Feli Lopez in the semis. Lopez beat James Blake 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

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(photo via Getty Images)

los angeles: saturday oop

FARMERS CLASSIC, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010
STRAUS STADIUM start 2:00 p.m.
[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [2] Sam Querrey (USA)
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs [4] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

Evening Session – Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] [WC] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [4] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Ross Hutchins (GBR) / Jordan Kerr (AUS) vs Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO)

los angeles: friday oop

FARMERS CLASSIC, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010
STRAUS STADIUM start 12:00 noon
Rainer Schuettler (GER) vs [2] Sam Querrey (USA)
[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [3] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[4] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] James Blake (USA)

Evening Session – Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] [WC] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) vs [2] Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horacio Tecau (ROU)

GRANDSTAND start 3:00 pm
[4] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Aisam Qureshi (PAK) vs Arnaud Clement (FRA) / Jonathan Erlich (ISR)

(photo by TSF)

tattoo watch: finding love and hope in a shirtless robert lindstedt

Tattoo Watch: Swede Robert Lindstedt is still in the doubles draw with Romanian partner Horia Tecau at this week’s Farmer’s Classic in Los Angeles. They were practicing a day before their match against the team of Butorac and Rojer. FYI, Rojer used to play for UCLA’s tennis team. (Draw: Doubles)

More: A closer look at Robert’s tattoo, which says “Et in asperrimis temporibus amor et spes adsunt“, in the gallery below.

(photos by tsf)

tipsarevic rolls to beat of his own drum

We already know that Janko Tipsarevic is different from the average bear, but he has shown this even more so while in Los Angeles for the Farmers Classic ATP Tour Stop. Over at Sweet Spot, James LaRosa got some taxicab confessions out of our munchkin Serb (something about sheep looking at doors?).

And earlier this week he mentioned a racquet bag change via Twitter. He rolled out the new look for his opening dubs match with Feli.

They’ll resume their partnership for a match today against the team of Ross Hutchins and Jordan Kerr.

Draw: See who’s left playing singles and doubles at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

(bag image by TSF; screengrab from Twitter; match images via Getty Images)

los angeles: thursday oop — where will YOU be at noon?

TSF missed taking a pic of Feliciano Lopez toting a Louis Vuitton dopp kit yesterday, but here he is looking equally as fab taking some practice time in before his doubles match tomorrow (with Janko; against Hutchins/Kerr).

FARMERS CLASSIC, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010
STRAUS STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[4] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs [5] Erenests Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] James Blake (USA) vs Benjamin Becker (GER)

EVENING SESSION – Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] [WC] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [Q] Tim Smyczek (USA)
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) / Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs Ross Hutchins (GBR) / Jordan Kerr (AUS)

(photo by TSF)

sightings in the stands: who needs samurai when you’ve got dudies?

Last night’s eye-candy-filled doubles match between Tipsarevic/Lopez and Blake/Querrey (will I get a cavity in my cornea??) had no visible Sam-urai contingent, possibly contributing to the Americans’ 6-3, 6-3 loss in the opening round.

Meanwhile, Dudi Sela, now clad in Lacoste, took out shotmaker Xavier Malisse 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in their first round singles match. He’ll next face the fourth-seeded Lopez.

Draw: See who’s left playing singles and doubles at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

(image via Getty Images)

new footwear, same social calendar

The boot that was strapped on Serena Williams‘s foot recently (see above) might have the world’s top-ranked player out of the US Open Series and in doubt for the US Open, but it certainly hasn’t slowed down the social part of her life. Serena was spotted yesterday in LA, hanging out at the Farmers Classic while taking in James Blake‘s first round match.

The social engagements don’t end at tennis for ReRe. Last weekend she lunched with Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and the two have remained in touch via Twitter, Evan asking her about her injured foot and suggesting that they train together sometime (when Serena is better, of course).

She even added a girls’ night into her socializing repertoire, hanging out with pop star (can we say that if she hasn’t had a hit since 2004?!) Christina Milian. According to the UK Daily Mail, the two were out at “the swanky Madeo restaurant in Beverly Hills” over the weekend.

Spotted by the paps: We’re wondering about that stain on Christina’s dress… And why, oh why, is Serena sporting a single heel with her boot at the Farmers Classic?! The girl’s a trooper. (Or an idiot.)

And if socializing with those who she actually likes seems to get old, we’re told that Shino Tsurubuchi, the line judge that made the call heard around the world at last year’s US Open, was calling Blake’s match that Serena was in attendance for. A source said the lines people were “teasing Shino” in the tunnel as she exited. Maybe they went to Peet’s together afterward to catch up?

(la photo by TSF; millian photo via the daily mail)